August 26, 2005

From Miami to....?

Miami and the Keys took the hit with Katrina. I think all of us were surprised. I quit watching the Weather Channel after it looked like it was just off the coast of Lauderdale. Imagine my surprise when my husband came in and said, “Miami Beach is taking a pounding…” Wha???

Lots of flooding. Lots of power outage. What a mess. Seriously, it’s still the summer here and all those folks in south Palm Beach, Broward and Dade counties have no power.

Meanwhile, that bitch of a storm is getting bitchier and moving into the Gulf. I expected it would nail Lauderdale, hit all those buildings, move across the state and become a mere shadow of itself. Wrong-O. She went over the EVERGLADES! I watched that on the Weather Channel and said to my husband, “Uh oh. That’s bad. The Everglades is water. Warm water. And there are no buildings to weaken it.” About a minute later the talking head on the Weather Channel said something like “No, it’s not good it’s going over the Everglades. The Everglades is full of warm water and its big open space. There are no buildings to batter it.” Maybe I should work for The Weather Channel. I promise I won’t talk about Killer Sticks.

Sure enough, Katrina became a TS for all of 4 or 5 hours before reemerging as a Cat 1. The probability of it staying a Cat1 until it makes landfall AGAIN… in my book… is exactly… ZERO. That Gulf water is warm. Someone is going to take the hit up there. Guess what? I’m wishing it on a neighboring state. WE HAVE HAD OUR SHARE!

In the last 13 months, every square inch of this state has taken some sort of hit. In the last 12 months, Pensacola has taken 2 hits. If Katrina is up that way, that’s 3 hits. No thanks.

TGOO and Mom are getting ready. TGOO pretty much got ready a few days ago, actually.

And here’s an odd little tidbit for you… in May, my boys were at soccer camp and I was sitting with one of our local firefighters. He’s high up the food chain, so he hears predictions on a daily basis from the REAL weather people. He said to me, “In July the Gulf will take the hit. In August, the bottom part of the State like Miami will take it. In September, it’s all ours…”

Now how did they know that? Or was it just a fluke guess???

Posted by Boudicca at August 26, 2005 07:29 PM | TrackBack

Glad you all made it through ok. My thoughts are with TGOO and your mom as Katrina turns towards the gulf....

Posted by: caltechgirl at August 26, 2005 07:44 PM

I will be so glad for you when this storm season ends.......

Posted by: Richmond at August 26, 2005 08:54 PM

happy to hear you dodged this one. I have heard that the Miami people are uset because they claim they didn't have adequate warning. Sorry about that-and as you wrote the other day, they have already got their disaster money in advance. Hell, I saw it was going tohit Miami-don't they have TV news there?

Looks like we are clear unless it decides to give Micky M. a bath in Disney. But do feel for the folk on the north gulf coast.

Posted by: GUYK at August 27, 2005 08:53 AM

They have a crystal ball of weather prediction. When I worked in Law Enforcement I had access to it's information. It's amazing how accurate they can get.

Posted by: Contagion at August 27, 2005 09:10 AM

I disagree with Contagion. The head of the hurricane center has said repeatedly that they're still learning and that forecasts have wide margins of error in both location of landfall and intensity at landfall. Ask the folks in Punta Gorda from Hurricane Charlie, and flooded Homestead from Katrina. Top Dog Max Mayfield said he was afraid he'd be wrong predicting Katrina would even become a hurricane. Well, that "minimal" hurricane put 1 million folks out of electricity and caused up to $1 billion in damage, according to the papers.

Lots of folks in Miami weren't prepared. They should have been. That's why I put up my shutters, Katrina could have just as easily turned North and hit us up in Palm Beach County.

Bou, we dodged another bullet. But it looks like your Dad won't be so lucky. I wish them all luck.

Posted by: George at August 27, 2005 11:39 AM

I'm still not putting my shutters for a Cat1. It's the way my house is located and set up as to why we made that decision. Plus, I'm really West.

The biggest problem with Katrina is the massive flooding. What a damn mess. They think it could be 2 billion.

Either way, we were prepared to take a direct hit. We prepare for any hurricane that is hitting the East Coast. I make the assumption we're taking the hit... until we don't.

The new projections are showing Katrina going West. As of now, New Orleans better start looking at evac.

Posted by: Bou at August 27, 2005 12:08 PM

Hoping everyone gets through this one OK. And that it all stops soon.

Posted by: Jody Halsted at August 27, 2005 01:56 PM